Once again, Bill Shatner’s back in the spotlight. He’s got his new show, “”$#*! My Dad Says”, and his other recent show, “Raw Nerve”. I believe he’s got another new book coming out (ghost written, of course) and now it’s a wine with his likeness on the label.
Over the years that I’ve been following William Shatner, I have always noticed that he’s got a base interest in making money. Oh, not so much back in the Original “Star Trek” days, but since his first divorce and once he’d got back into TV with “T.J.Hooker”. I think I actually saw the metamorphosis of Shatner: from a man interested only in the art of acting, into a shrewd businessman.
When “Star Trek” died, Shatner found himself in a back hole. Nimoy took the spotlight at conventions and had a huge fan club. Bill didn’t have it so good, and he was jealous. That made for even bigger rifts when it came to finding work. When first divorce left him penniless and living out of a trailer, he was often found dishevelled and stinking of beer. He got a few jobs here and there, but failed to kick the habit (at least in public) until years later. (Note that we’ve never heard the story of how Bill actually stopped drinking, because I think he hasn’t. Even Len Nimoy has stopped drinking.) Once Bill had cleaned up his act enough to get back in shape, he scored T.J. Hooker. With his new hair plugs installed, he got down to saving money and finding himself a new wife. He got himself another nice house, and in between “Star Trek” movies, got himself commercials as well. We all know the famed “Priceline” commercials. He bought a ranch, started raising horses, he’s even got a charity. Then came Lots of comedic guest appearances, and finally “Boston Legal”, where I think he hit his apex in comedy.
All this time Shatner’s been doing the odd Star Trek Convention, banging out $25 autographs and having photos taken with fans for over $75 a pop. Add in a few more bucks and you actually get to talk to him for five minutes. I have to say that I’m hurt. WHo can afford that these days? When I go to a convention, I want to meet an actor at a fairly quiet table, shake their hand, talk to them about their acting and the show that they were on, maybe even get a few jokes out of them. It’s fun! The sad truth of it is that starving actors make much better conversation than ones that have made or are making all the money they need. Why bother with the little people, eh?
In between blogging on www.williamshatner.com, fighting off rumors about his own comments about George Takei, Bill’s had the time to do a little photo-op for the label of his wife’s new wine. Everyone’s doing it. You go to the vintner, they consult with you for your personal taste in wines, they mix it, bottle it and age it for you, and then slap your label on it. (All for a price, I’m sure.) Why would anyone do this? I think…it’s for charity. I mean, I really hope it’s for charity. Here’s my take on the news blurbs that were out there, condensed for you:
Elizabeth Shatner has teamed up with Elk Creek Vineyards of Kentucky to bottle and label the wine, called “Faire Game White”. It is described (by Shatner, herself) as
“Born of…hot summer nites; Lemonade Shake-ups,cotton candy,caramel apples with nuts. The only breeze as that made by horses as they pass by, and to whether we win or lose – To Faire Game…and to Life!”
Oh, boy. Big Liz wrote that? It gives me chills.
A simpler description is provided though: “a blend of 80% Pinot Gris and 20% Chardonnay that finishes with a light, crisp taste of citrus and apple.” Thank god.
The release date of the wine was October 12th. No word whether it will be available locally, or if one will have to order online. I’m guessing that if you stop off at William Shatner’s Official Page you find it listed soon enough. Oh, and they’re talking about bottling a red, next. Captain Kirk, you’d better get in the act! What about bottling something called “Saurian Brandy?!” Dang. I shouldn’t have said that. I’ll bet Shatner will try it. Anything to make yet another buck.